Now that we are in the summer months, and holidays beckon, it is time to start thinking about sunscreen even if you are holidaying at home. If you are going to be outdoors in the sunshine it is important to be protected.


It is recommended that people apply a sunscreen with at least an SPF 15 – the higher the better. It must be applied properly.

  • Apply sunscreen generously and regularly. Sunscreen can be easily washed, rubbed or sweated off.
  • Even sunscreens that claim to be ‘waterproof’ should be reapplied after going in the water.
  • Use sunscreen together with shade and clothing to avoiding getting caught out by sunburn.
  • Do not store sunscreens in very hot places as extreme heat can ruin their protective chemicals.
  • Don’t forget to check the expiry date on your sunscreen. Most sunscreens have a shelf life of 2-3 years but ensure your sunscreen has not expired before you use it.


  • Use at least an SPF 15 sunscreen and preferably an SPF 50 on children. Apply to areas that cannot be protected by clothing, such as the face, ears, feet and backs of hands.
  • Choose sunscreens that are formulated for children and babies’ skin. These products are less likely to contain alcohol or fragrances that might irritate the skin and cause allergic reactions. La Roche Posay in particular have an excellent suncare range for children.
  • Apply sunscreen generously and regularly.

Put the sunscreen on 15-30 minutes BEFORE the kids go outside, because it doesn’t work immediately. After the kids have first gone out, put more sunscreen on 30 minutes later. Make sure you re-apply every few hours – especially after swimming or towelling – whether or not it says it’s waterproof. Re-apply sunscreen every two hours or more often if you go swimming, or sweat a lot.

  • Remember just because it’s not sunny doesn’t mean you can’t burn. The UV rays can still pass through the clouds and burn skin just as easily. 

Take care at home as well as in the playground if it is particularly sunny on school days.

  • Use shade. Keep babies in complete shade: under trees, umbrellas, canopies or indoors. Provide shade for prams and buggies, if possible.
  • Cover them up. When outdoors, protect a baby’s skin with loose-fitting clothes and a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Encourage kids to wear sunglasses (eyes get sun damaged too). The best style is wrap-round because they cut out more UV light and also offer a high level of UV protection.


Even the most vigilant can get burnt but it’s what you do afterwards that matters. Always keep the skin moisturised with an aftersun product as they can soothe and cool the skin whilst replacing the lost moisture. If you or your child get burnt severely, talk to your Sam McCauley pharmacist and they can offer advice.

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